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About the Destination:
Ladakh or the ‘Land of High Passes’ is blessed by the chanting of the monks and is rich in bounties of nature. The roads of this enchanting paradise have cast a spell on anyone who has traversed them and has beckoned to the wanderlust of many others! Before your very eyes you can see the colours of the landscape change from refreshing green, to arid carpets of brown, from deep azure blues of the lake to the blinding silver light reflected from the snow. Stand in pride watching this richly embellished crown of the Indian subcontinent, glimmer and gleam in all its splendor!
About the Departure with Details:
It is often said that the best way to explore Ladakh is on two wheels. Experience the truth of this claim come alive in all its glory. As you traverse the beautiful roads from Manali to Leh on bike, feel the engine of your 500cc monster purr in agreement and happiness! On this Ladakh motorcycle tour that takes you through the beautiful lands of Manali right up to Srinagar, the land that is often believed to be the manifestation of heaven on earth.
While on the bike tour from Manali to Leh, you will battle the highest passes, navigate the winding roads and pass like knife through butter over the silken highways between Srinagar – Leh. Experience divine beauty of Ladakh and simply let go and be one with its sights, smells and sounds! Ready? Set, Go!
Highest Altitude: Khardung La Pass (18,380ft)
Temperature Range: 3 to 35 Degrees
Distance Ridden Each Day: 150km
Difficulty Level: Moderate to Challenging
Departure, Tour Ends Here.
The heart is still full of the beauties that you have seen on the roads of Leh, Ladakh and Manali, but this expedition draws to a close. Until Ladakh beckons you again, say goodbye to this blessed Land of High Passes!
Riding Practice, Receipt of Bikes
On this beautiful day, hop onto your shiny Royal Enfield and head out for a ride in order to prep yourself for the ride ahead. It is strongly advised that you avail the services of the mechanic on the tour, who will make any tweaks as per your convenience and comfort. Return to the guesthouse and sleep in anticipation of the next day when you will actually embark on the ride.
First Day of Ride, Manali – Leh Highway, Rohtang Pass, Chandra Valley, Khoksar, Tandi
Wake up fully prepped and geared up for your first day of the ride! Kickstart your engines and head on to the Manali-Leh Highway, which is among the world’s highest roads. Pass by the snowy Rohtang Pass (13,051ft) and take on the slopes towards Chandra Valley while passing by Khoksar and Tandi to enter Keylong; overnight stay in guesthouses.
Baralacha La Pass, Sarchu, Camping in Swiss Tents
Today will be marked by a thrilling ride that will acquaint you with the varied and rich terrains of Ladakh. Combat the rocky roads, biting cold, beautiful lakes and scenery to arrive at the majestic Baralacha La Pass. Standing high at 16,500ft, it will bring you to the snow laden plains of Sarchu. Stay for the day will be in Swiss tents, as there is a lack of permanent settlements due to the weather.
Himalayan Passes, Lachlung La, Nakee La, Taglang La
Cross the silken Manali-Leh Highway traversing up and down the high Himalayan passes. Weather your bike as you cross Lachlung La (16,616ft), Nakee La (15,547ft) and Tanglang La, (17,480ft) and feel the blood rushing to your heart in happiness and excitement. Crossing through these hair raising turns, you will also be in close quarters with the lives of the locals and their livestock. End the ride for the day in Leh at a guesthouse.
Sightseeing, Rest Day, Namgyal Palace, Shanti Stupa, Tibetan Market
After a demanding ride from Manali, relax your muscles today and explore this historic and blessed city with a local sightseeing tour. Bask in the divinity of the Namgyal Palace, Tibetan Market and the fabulous architecture of Shanti Stupa and other monasteries that surround you. Replenish your energies for the next day as you sleep-in the guesthouse.
Changa La Pass, Changthang, Pangong Tso Lake, Local Homestay
Today, you will embark on a ride to the Pangong Tso Lake which stretches for an incredible 135km. The route passes through the third highest motorable pass in the world, Changa La at 17,586ft and opens to the plains of Changthang before finally bringing you to the sapphire blue waters of the Pangong Tso Lake. Marvel at the scenic vista and retire for the night in the warm interiors of Ladakhi Homestay that is located right on the shores of the lake! Experience the local cuisine and warmth of the families as you relax for the night shrouded in beauty.
Ride along the Lakeside, Leh
Venture out on a ride along the shores of the Pangong Tso, to places where hardly any tourists visit. Post this calming experience, travel back to Leh for a celebratory evening to toast the ride!
Highest motorable pass, Nubra Valley, Hunder
Begin the day with a ride from Hunder to Nimmu, that takes you along the Srinagar-Leh Highway. Ride all the way back to Khardung La Pass and reach this beautiful town in order to retire for the night.
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